Library to host Fraser Rec recall candidate forum
February 1, 2009
When a community is faced with a controversial issue, the local library is often a great place to find free and factual information. Much like a newspaper, a library can provide the resources to point citizens in the right direction.
In the Fraser Valley, the issue on most people’s minds is the upcoming recall election for three members of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. Scores of letters have been printed in the Sky-Hi Daily News, and conversations about the topic can be heard throughout the Valley.
In an effort to provide information to citizens, the Fraser Valley Library is hosting a candidate forum in partnership with the Sky-Hi Daily News. The forum will take place Thursday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. inside the Urban Community Meeting Room.
Sky-Hi Daily News Editor Autumn Phillips will moderate.
The three board members up for recall are Dan O’Connell, Beth Sands and Pete Strohecker. Kevin Davlin and Kyle Harris are running to replace Dan O’Connell. Darrell Jackie Woods and Andrew Chasin are running to replace Beth Sands. Jon de Vos and John Glancey are running for Pete Strohecker’s seat.
Phillips has extended invitations to all the candidates, including the three members of the board up for recall, and hopes the forum provides a chance for citizens to get to know the candidates.
“Attending a forum in person is a much better way than reading someone’s words in the paper or hearing them second hand and out of context,” Phillips said. “It’s a great way to see who you identify with on the most human of levels ” by watching their face, hearing their voice, seeing their body language.”
Phillips will prepare questions beforehand and present them at the forum, along with prewritten questions from readers. For those who would like to submit questions for the candidates, please e-mail Phillips at email@example.com by Feb. 4. There will also be a chance for audience members to submit questions on index cards provided the evening of the forum.
The forum will begin with a short presentation by designated election official, Todd Holzwart, who will explain the ballot and election rules. Phillips will then introduce the candidates and present them with questions.
To prepare for the election, the Fraser Valley Library will also be gathering facts on both sides of the recall issue, along with information about the election and candidates. Once the information has been collected, it will be displayed at the library until Election Day ” Feb. 17.
It is hoped that the forum and the information displayed at the Fraser Valley Library will allow citizens to discover for themselves what the real issues are, so they can make an informed decision. After all, libraries ensure the freedom to read, to view, to speak and to participate.
“Libraries are sensitive to the important questions that communities face,” said Mary Anne Hanson-Wilcox, executive director of the Grand County Library District. “It is the library’s role to provide the community with space for the balanced presentation of information.”
Call (970) 726-5689 for more information. If you are unable to attend, a video from the evening will be posted on http://www.skyhidailynews.com.
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